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‘Tamils for Obama’, a Diaspora Group in US make appeal to Barack Obama, to delist the LTTE as Terror Outfit in the Country

LTTE was a Tamil militant force that fought for a separate nation for Sri Lankan Tamils

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December 21, 2016: An appeal was made to the President Barack Obama by the Tamil diaspora group ‘Tamils for Obama’ in the US to de-proscribe LTTE as a terror outfit in the country. They believe that this would help the community while travelling abroad.

The diaspora group claims that LTTE has been defunct since 2009. They have been completely inactive. According to a report by PTI, the group said that the listing of LTTE as a terror group in the USA has created many problems for Tamils living there.

LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) was a Tamil militant force that fought for a separate nation for Sri Lankan Tamils. They were active from 1983 to 2009.

The statement said, “Because of the listing of Tamil Tigers, it creates pain for many US Tamils when they travel to abroad and when they return to the US.”

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 “They have to go through many hours of interrogation. Some US Tamils have asked us to convince Obama to help us by removing Tamil Tigers from the list. Obama can give Tamils a little relief by de-listing the Tamil Tiger during this Christmas and giving season. There is no reason to keep them on the list,” it said.

The PTI report said that the group thinks that George Bush’s administration made a mistake by supporting the mass killings of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka. The group also hopes that the LTTE would also be de-listed from the European Union.

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The LTTE was banned by the US in 1997 followed by EU, UK and India.

According to a report by UN, around 40,000 people died, including civilians, during the three-decade long civil war that finally ended in 2009. The Sri Lankan forces, under the tenure of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?